Monuments and Other Things That Change

Several Attempts at Titling a Photograph. A Film in the Works.

TRAILER

Walking the streets of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, I was seized by a new apprehension of how one can feel at once welcomed and estranged, returned and displaced. The urban plan of Bishkek is a Soviet trademark, strongly resembled the town in which I spent my childhood. I imagined that I could navigate the city equipped with the memory of my hometown. I could not. I was an outsider: a speaker of Russian and English, but not Kyrgyz; a former citizen of the Soviet Union, but not a local of Bishkek.

The filmĀ departs from a found, untitled, uncredited image of a Lenin monument in Bishkek. The film evolved over three years, shaped by events as diverse as the annexation of Crimea and a failing relationship.

FILM

Untitled, Anonymous, ca. 1970 courtesy of Kyrgyz National Archives, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Untitled, Anonymous, ca. 1970
courtesy of Kyrgyz National Archives, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

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